Tall Pines Snowmobile Club
PO Box 216, Dorset, Ontario
P0A 1E0 Canada
Fax: (705) 766-2094
The Tall Pines trail network ventures over some spectacular terrain. Our trail system will take you through a variety of forests, over streams, rivers and swamps, to places you just can't get to any other time of the year.
There is rarely need to travel on waterways. Our trails connect directly to our neighbouring club's trails ( Algonquin (ASC), Haliburton County (HCSA), Happy Wanderer's (HWSC) and Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve (HFWR) ) entirely by land. From our area, you can travel to any snowmobile trail in the province of Ontario ( offering over 35,000 km of available trails).
"Signage" on The Tall Pines trail system consists of reflective blue destination signs, sign boards and maps ensuring your visit to our area is enjoyable and hassle-free. Our main trail, the "Trans-Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trail D101B" connects Dorset to the villages of Baysville in the east, Minden in the south and Dwight and Oxtongue Lake to the north.
"Black River Bridge" site was first considered in the winter of 1991. After 5 years of public consultations, MNR approvals, engineering designs/re-designs, trail clearing and materials acquisition, this combined with the efforts and generousity of our members and supporters, we were pleased to have the new Horse Lake Trail open for the 1996/97 season.
The trail to/from the bridge is a veritable roller coaster through the forest. The elevation rises ~250ft and offers some great views along the way. This trail provides a major land link from the Haliburton County Snowmobile Association(HCSA) trails in the south, to Dorset and to Baysville. In doing so, it eliminates the need to cross Raven Lake.
The bridge required two (powder coated) steel trusses spanning 42 feet each. Including both approach ramps the bridge spans a total of ninety-eight(98) feet! This is the club's largest and most expensive undertaking to date. It would have not been possible without the generosity and support of club members and a development grant from the OFSC.
"Dorset Lookout Tower" is located on TPSC Trail#60, and is accessible from downtown Dorset. The trail begins adjacent to the Ministry Building and climbs 400' to the tower road. The trail continues back down to Hwy 35 at the Nordic Inn and eventually connects to the TOP Trail D101B (River Bay/Dump Road). The trail continues North to Dwight or South to the Hollow Valley Restaurant.
"No Bull" outhouse sits trailside with its coloruful brethren, Hot Stuff, X marks the Spot and Tiny Piney. Keep your eyes peeled for our most recent additions, Santa's Workshop, The Little Red Schoolhouse and the Tall Pines / Dr. Who Telephone Booth. If nature catches you off guard on the trail, they're a pleasant eye-catching site.
"The Structure Formerly Known As the Tall Pines Shelter" succumbed to the environment in 1994 after 20 years of use and enjoyment. The Tall Pines trail itself has also has its share of troubles, with deteriorating bridges and difficult terrain. As a result the Tall Pines Trail has not been opened and/or adequately groomed for many years.